Black History Month Lecture
Join opera singer Peter Brathwaite for an extraordinary evening detailing his passion for 'degenerate music', the ways in which his work has paid tribute to and been informed by Black histories in Britain, and his extraordinary lockdown project to discover Black portraiture. Taking the form of a Q&A, this evening will allow audiences to discover how Peter's astonishing visual project was conceived and brought to life, and how it intersects with his long standing passion for the arts, and for the power of music and of painting at some of history's darkest and most painful moments. This is an unparalleled opportunity to quiz this talented and versatile artist and performer, and to see key moments of England's -- and the world's -- artistic and musical heritage in new ways.
Image credit: Peter Brathwaite
Peter Brathwaite was born in Manchester and studied Philosophy & Fine Art at Newcastle University. He holds a Master’s with distinction from the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Russell Smythe as a Scholar at the Royal College of Music International Opera School. He continued his training at the Operastudio Vlaanderen, Ghent. His prizes include a Peter Moores Foundation Major Award, an Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells Fellowship, The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Award, and First Prize in the RCM Lieder Competition. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. He was presented with the Winston Churchill Fellowship Medallion by the Queen at an investiture held at Buckingham Palace. Peter is the recipient of a 2016/17 International Opera Awards Foundation Bursary and the English Touring Opera Christopher Ball Bursary. He has written for The Guardian and The Independent, and is a BBC Radio 3 Next Generation Voice. Documentary work includes BBC Radio 4’s Black Music in Europe 2, presented by Clarke Peters. He writes and presents features for BBC Radio 3’s Essential Classics and is a Trustee of the Gate Theatre, London.